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What Is the standard size of a gate in a fence?

Updated February 21, 2017

Gates provide barriers to gardens and commercial sites while allowing access to both foot traffic and vehicular traffic. They can be made from steel, wood, iron or synthetic products. Gates can be custom made or built but also come in standard sizes to make it easy to order them.

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Pedestrian gates

Pedestrian gates are found along walkways affording entrance into spaces off the path, such as a garden. They are wide enough for people to enter walking small items, such as bicycles, but not large enough for vehicles. A standard pedestrian gate is typically 90 cm (3 feet) wide but should be enlarged to 1.5 m (5 feet) if it's necessary to move though larger items, such as a ride-on lawnmower.

Drive gates

Gates that are used to allow cars into private property are usually 3 to 3.6 m (10 to 12 feet) wide. These gates are either swinging or sliding gates unless an electronic system is installed. A double driveway will also require a larger gate.

Commercial use gates

Some gates must be larger to accommodate bigger vehicles. This is often seen in rural areas, where septic trucks or other large vehicles pass through from time to time. These gates should be 5.4 m (18 feet) wide. They can either be a regular gate or a gate fashioned out of removable fencing.

Double gates

Double gates are gates that close together in the centre. They can be ordered in standard sizes such as 90 cm (3 feet) or larger and put together to make a gate twice as wide. By adding a brace on one half, you can either open both halves or one gate at a time.

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About the Author

Shara JJ Cooper graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2000, and has worked professionally ever since. She has a passion for community journalism, but likes to mix it up by writing for a variety of publications. Cooper is the owner/editor of the Boundary Sentinel, a web-based newspaper.

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